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grimy wallpaper. She is tense, sweaty, wide-eyed with
concentration. This is CLARICE STARLING, mid-20's, trim,
hovers by her ear. She raises a speedloader, in her left
knob. Suddenly, wish a sharp CRACK!, the knob explodes, and
the door bursts open.
the ready in both hands...
edge of a bed - a FEMALE HOSTAGE. Black, late 20's, gagged,
hands behind her back. Then, SWIVELLING... she sees a startled
THE SUSPECT'S HANDS
are taped to his gun, away from the trigger; he couldn't use
drops to the floor, rolling sideways, and -
Clarice has come up on one knee, beside an armchair, and is
pitching over the bed, backwards, to shudder and lie still
of movement. HOLD for a few beats... then we hear the shrill
blast of a WHISTLE from somewhere, off screen, as normal
ACTION and SOUND are restored.
Okay, people, good exercise...
we see that we're in some sort of auditorium, with the "hotel
walks onto this set, thumbing a stopwatch. Mid-40's, ex-
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